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Para Para Rivermouth break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Para Para Rivermouth Surf Guide

Para Para Rivermouth in Nelson - Tasman Bay is an exposed river break. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Offshore winds are from the west and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Surfable in an onshore breeze Short period wind swells are the rule and the optimum wave angle is from the east northeast. The river break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. An uncrowded break, even when it is working. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Para Para Rivermouth Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
15.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Para Para Rivermouth:

The best conditions reported for surf at Para Para Rivermouth occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Para Para Rivermouth (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Para Para Rivermouth with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 0% of the time in January while 3% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 97% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
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Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Para Para Rivermouth Location Map

Interactive Para Para Rivermouth surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Para Para Rivermouth is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 78 km (48 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Para Para Rivermouth is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 133 km (83 miles) away.

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Para Para Rivermouth Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 8 June 2023, 14:22 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 5 4 5
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on cross cross-

Swell History at Para Para Rivermouth

Surf stats for Para Para Rivermouth, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Para Para Rivermouth

Wind stats for Para Para Rivermouth, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Para Para Rivermouth Reviews:

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Rob Davies from New Zealand
“Hey, don't laugh. Kiwis have surfed Lake Taupo and Pukaki and this spot is pretty sensible by comparison with several times as much fetch; similar in setting to Torbay in England. Lacking any ocean swell exposure it is one of those breaks that only works under rare weather conditions maybe a few times a year and never lasting for more than a few hours.

You need a day of strong to gale wind from an easterly quarter. This only happens when a deep low crosses North Island. Wind waves are generated between the Kapiti Coast and Golden Bay and sneak in under Farewell Spit. They only last a few hours but as the wind changes to the prevailing westerly direction there is a brief window of windswell and offshore wind.

I recently caught it after a night of 40kph NE at about waist to shoulder high and 8-9 second period giving reasonable soft rides on my shortboard. There was even a spongeboarder out that day looking even more desperate than me! With a longboard or SUP, I think the right here would have given respectably long rides. Take care of strong currents as Para Para inlet empties and fills with the tide.

A left on the Collingwood side of the river is smaller but less affected by the current and there are several other boulder point breaks between here and Patons Rock. Every few years a severe easterly gale could actually make these quite reasonable because there is enough fetch for it to get overhead if the wind is over 60kph.”

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